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Oversimplified, Mercier's Hypothesis would run like this: "Wit is always absurd and true, humor absurd and untrue."
(Vivian Mercier (b. 1919), Irish-born U.S. critic, educator. "Truth and Laughter: A Theory of Wit and Humor," The Nation (August 6, 1960).)
You know what I like about your program? Even when I'm running the vacuum, I can understand it.
(Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993), U.S. director, screenwriter. Sadie (Thelma Ritter), A Letter To Three Wives, to her employer, Rita (Ann Sothern), who writes for a radio program (1949).)
Well, I couldn't go to bed with you like I do with her, and grab a tomato sandwich and run out and catch the 72 bus.
(Margaret Forster, British screenwriter, Peter Nichols, and Silvio Narizzano. Jos (Alan Bates) to Georgy (Lynn Redgrave), Georgy Girl (1966).)
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
(Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 6, 1953).)
The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counterauthority to the law.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (first published 1921).
Written in 1774 for Catherine the Great.)
Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.
(Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. Martin Arrowsmith, in Arrowsmith, ch. 25 (1925).)
Anybody who runs is a VC. Anybody who stands still is a well-disciplined VC.
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Full Metal Jacket, shooting aimlessly at Vietnamese (1987).
Adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers.)
What pity that Religion and Love, which heighten our relish for the things of both worlds, should ever run the human heart into enthusiasm, superstition, or uncharitableness!
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 3, letter 28, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
There is a doctrine uttered in secret that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 62 B....)
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Up a lazy river by the old mill run, that lazy, lazy river in the noonday sun.
(Sidney Arodin, U.S. songwriter. "Lazy River," Peer International Corp. (1931).
Music composed by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981).)